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Germinating a mere kernel

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Germinating a mere kernel

Postby hkBattousai » Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:26 pm

I have planted some oak tree seeded today. I cracked shells of three of them and got their kernels out. And I planted these kernels the same way I planted the seeds. I will wait for one or two weeks to see if the kernels too will germinate just like the seeds...

But, I'm cannot patiently wait such a long time, can anyone tell me if the kernels can germinate like seeds? Or is the shell always required for germination?
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Postby JackBean » Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:00 pm

IMHO is the shell just for protection e.g. before patogens. Probably, if you kept them on filter paper, they should germinate just as well, maybe a little faster (the water will soak immediately etc), but in the soil they can have problems with some fungi and stuff

Cis or trans? That's what matters.
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